December location filming in LA rises 37%
The number of productions filming on location in Los Angeles during December 2010 rose by 37% compared to the same month in 2009, according to figures from FilmLA.
Despite launching a tax credit of up to 25% for qualifying productions in 2009, Los Angeles saw a fall in location shooting days throughout much of 2010, with a 6.6% decrease in the year’s third quarter.
Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles, said: “Half a million people in the region depend on a thriving local film industry for their livelihoods. We can keep jobs in Los Angeles if we can find creative ways to keep filming here at home and in the state.”
California has been losing business to states such as Louisiana and Michigan, which have introduced competitive incentive programmes. Upcoming sci-fi thriller Battle: Los Angeles was mostly filmed in Louisiana.
An advertising campaign called Film Works is intended to boost location filming in Los Angeles.
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